Catholic Digest’s 2019 Christmas Gift Guide
Christmas is around the corner, and Catholic Digest has found 20 memorable presents for friends and family. Some of our favorites include the Our Lady of Guadalupe apron, Tim Drake’s children’s book, The Attic Saint, and the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. Read on to find Catholic gifts, jewelry, books, and other gift suggestions.
Buy your priest or a member of your family a life-changing trip to the Holy Land. My friends who have visited there say that walking in Jesus’ footsteps — seeing where he preached, prayed, and suffered — positively impacted their spiritual life in numerous ways. A professional tour guide leads the tours, Mass celebrated daily, breakfast, dinner, four and five-star hotels, and airfare included.
Price: Ranges $3,000-$4,500 (for approximately 10 days)
Coupon: Mention Catholic Digest Christmas guide to receive $250 off tours.
A small gift means so much to needy children and their families. Cross Catholic Outreach serves families in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and it offers many ways to give essential gifts such as farm animals, food, medical supplies, and housing. You can also provide presents such as soccer balls or a Box of Joy, which includes an assortment of small gifts that will touch a child’s heart.
GIFTS FOR LADIES
Cooks will love this gold screen-printed Our Lady of Guadalupe cotton apron from Be A Heart. It’s both a beautiful way to protect clothing from stains and a reminder of the Catholic Church’s rich heritage.
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Looking for an unusual gift for a daughter or wife? Dune Jewelry makes pieces featuring sand and other natural elements from beaches, trails, ballparks, mountaintops, golf courses, and more. We like this handcrafted Silver Rope Inlet Cuff with sand and shell from the Florida Keys. They also have jewelry for men.
Tea lovers will be pleased with this little glass teapot with blooming flower teas. Pour three cups of boiling water into the teapot with the pod and watch the fragrant flower open up. Each flower is good for about three infusions. Flavors include jasmine, pomegranate, peach, lavender, berry, and coconut.
Did you know that spiritual journaling is a form of prayer? Living with Christ Prayer Journal includes meditations for Sundays and holy days of obligation based on the Mass readings for the day. In addition to reflections, there is space to write your own “People and Prayers to Remember this Week” and additional space to respond to the readings and meditation.
GIFTS FOR MEN
New from Our Sunday Visitor is a coffee table book called Encountering Mother Teresa by former CNN journalist Linda Schaefer. Also a photographer, Schaefer details her experience in meeting the saint and receiving permission to document the Missionary of Charity’s work in Calcutta. Also contained in the book are interviews from six of Mother Teresa’s closest friends and coworkers as well as 200 photographs, including rare and never-seen-before photos of the 20th-century saint.
Dads and grandpas will like this gift because it offers an opportunity for some bonding time with their children and grandchildren. A handcrafted, hardwood coffee table box houses pieces for eight classic board games, including chess, checkers, backgammon, dominos, cribbage, poker and other card games, and yatzy. The lid of the coffee table box has chess/checkerboard, and the reverse side is the board for backgammon.
Price: $99.95 (Box 14 ¾” sq. x 4 ¼” H)
For men that like to cook, there’s BK’s Dutch Dutch Oven. BK, a German company, crafted the first enameled Dutch oven in the 1950s. This pan is a sturdy, cooks food evenly, and its carbon steel material absorbs heat quickly. The carbon steel is covered with a coat of scratch-resistant enamel that doesn’t need to be treated carefully. New colors are blue, black, green, and cream.
Price: $159.99 (5.5 QT)
Richard K. Pugsley, director of Gloriae Dei Cantores sacred music choir, and conductor Peter Jermihov spent years preparing to record All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. In this musical masterpiece, the Gloriae Dei Cantores voices are joined by members of the St. Romanos Cappella, the Patriarch Tikhon Choir, and the Washington Master Chorale. Included are “O’ Come, Let Us Worship,” “Rejoice, Virgin,” “My Soul Magnifies the Lord,” and 12 other pieces. A 52-page booklet explaining Rachmaninoff’s vision of Russian Orthodox sacred choral music accompanies the CD.
GIFTS FOR CHILDREN
Catholic Digest is excited to feature The Attic Saint by Tim Drake and illustrated by Theodore Schluenderfritz, the magazine’s creative director. The Attic Saint follows a little boy named Leo who moves to a new home — which used to be a former convent — and discovers a treasure in the attic. Children will delight with these charming illustrations and the sense of suspense in the story.
Price: $18.95 (hardcover)
Designed for indoor play, Ollyball can be batted around by your children, and they probably won’t destroy your home. We kid-tested it and got the thumbs up, and all of the pictures remained on the walls. The ball comes ready to be decorated and then inflated.
Creative kids will get into Crayola’s new Crayoligraphy Calligraphy Kit. Included are 50 conical tipped calligraphy markers that draw both thin and thick lines for lettering. Also included are four brush-tipped pens and eight metallic markers.
The Kids’ Book of Paper Love by Irene Smit and Astrid Van Der Hulst is the perfect gift for the tween that loves to write and create. Included in the book are numerous pretty papers for craft projects, doodling, letter-writing, making bookmarks, labels, and more. There are also photo booth props, stickers, stencils, pop-out shapes, and templates for cootie catchers, paper dolls, and more.
Little Captain America fans will be thrilled with this 13-inch action figure, which says more than 15 phrases. Captain America can also launch his shield by pulling pack his arm.
GIFTS FOR TEENS
St. Louis Marie de Montfort, the author of True Devotion to Mary, said Mother Mary would help lead us to a closer relationship with Jesus. “The basic premise set forth by St. Louis Marie de Montfort is simply that Jesus came into the world through Mary and that for us to always be assured of being close to Jesus, even closer than ever before, we should go through Mary,” according to Total Consecration 33 Days. https://totalconsecration.newevangelizers.com/consecration-explained/.
Included with the Total Consecration Collection is a Total Consecration Ring in sterling silver (in sizes for men and women), the Manual for Total Consecration, and a Total Consecration Certificate.
With this gift, any artist in your life can join thousands of other artists — professional and amateur — worldwide who have their sketchbooks in the Brooklyn Art Library. They’ll receive a blank sketchbook with 32 pages (back and front) to showcase their artistic vision. After submission, the sketchbook will be preserved indefinitely. Each sketchbook has a unique barcode that helps keep track of the number of views and where your book’s touring. Orders shipping within the United States must be placed by Dec. 18, 2019.
Price: $30 (standard); $65 (digitized)
The Tranquility Weighted Blanket is weighted to promote relaxation — something students need in abundance. The heaviness of the blanket aids relaxation for better sleep. The blanket mimics the feeling of being held, and its temperature balancing technology maintains comfortable body temperature in the winter and summer.
For the gluten-free people in your life, give them a gift basket of an array of Simple Mills baking mixes. Choose from artisan bread, cookies, muffins, pancakes, brownies, and cake mixes. We like this brand because, unlike many gluten-free mixes, sugar is not the first ingredient.
Price: $7.99 each
Here’s a fun party game that will add a little spice to Christmas parties. The Root Beer Float Challenge Game features competitive challenges using straws, the root beer float can, “cherries,” and an “ice cream” ball. A player throws a dice and chooses a card corresponding to the color rolled. Depending on the outcome of the dice, the challenge may be solo, cooperative, or head-to-head challenges. Some of the feats are simple, and others take some talent such as, “balance a cherry on the top of your foot, kick it up, and catch the cherry in the root beer can.” For every challenge accomplished successfully the player gets to collect an ingredient card. The first player to earn all four ingredient cards to build a root beer float wins the game. To make this game even more fun, serve up some real root beer floats.
Editor’s Note: Pricing and availability of products are subject to change.